SEMINAL SARNO FILMS FROM SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO

THE FILM MEDIA PROJECT GROWS JOSEPH W. SARNO LIBRARY WITH SEMINAL FILMS

FROM SOMETHING WEIRD VIDEO

Titles Scheduled for Restoration and HD Remaster in 2016 / 2017

May 6 2016 Fairlawn NJ – The Film Media Project announced a collaboration with Something Weird Video resulting in an additional seven Joseph W. Sarno films scheduled for restoration and HD remaster in 2016 / 2017.  Spanning the mid-1960s through the early 1970s, the Something Weird Video additions include Sin in the Suburbs (1964), Pandora and the Magic Box (1965), Desire Under the Palms (1968), Odd Triangle (1968), Vibrations (1968), Love in the Third Position aka Siv, Anne and Sven (1971), and Young Erotic Fanny Hill (1971).  Together with the existing prints in the Film Media Project archive, they provide a cinematic snapshot of the changing social mores and sexual politics of this important era in American exploitation and sexploitation filmmaking.

Lisa Petrucci of Something Weird Video (SWV) contributed this bio of SWV founder Mike Vraney,

“Mike Vraney (1957-2014) was a true pioneer in the exploitation home video business. As a teenager, Mike worked as a projectionist at drive-ins and later porno theaters, ran a comic-book store, and managed punk bands during the 1980s (Dead Kennedys, TSOL, and The Accused) before starting Something Weird in 1990. He started out as a cult movies fan, recording and collecting obscure VHS tapes for his personal viewing, until he got the idea of actually putting ads in fanzines and selling videos collector-to-collector. Then Mike began finding 35mm film prints of unknown sexploitation films and vintage 16mm girlie arcade loops, and had them transferred to video and released on VHS. This was the birth of Something Weird Video as we know it today. Over the years, Mike acquired and amassed thousands of rare and unusual original film negatives and prints, working closely with such legendary exploiteers as David F. Friedman, Dan Sonney, Harry Novak, Herschell Gordon Lewis; and eventually specializing in the sexploitation genre by releasing the oeuvres of such notables as Doris Wishman, Michael and Roberta Findlay, Barry Mahon, and of course, Joe Sarno. Besides offering an extensive catalog of feature films, Mike also was fanatical about short subjects and singlehandedly put out hundreds of compilations including Nudie Cuties Shorts Loops & Peeps, Bucky Beaver's Stags, as well as countless movie trailer, nostalgic subjects, and educational scare film series. Mike continued to find and release lost films on video up until he was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2012. We can proudly say that over the years Mike's vision, enthusiasm and influence contributed to the growth of the genre film video business as we know it today. He is greatly missed, but his legacy lives on.”

above: Michael Vraney in the vaults of Something Weird Video

above: Michael Vraney in the vaults of Something Weird Video

And added,

"Something Weird Video is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the Film Media Project on the release and restoration of these seminal sixties exploitation classics from the great master of psycho-sexual cinema, Joe Sarno. We've always believed Sarno's films to be some of the best of this genre and have long considered them precious jewels in the crown of our film archive. It will be a treat to see these brilliant films in high definition, and get the first class treatment and presentation they so well deserve” – Lisa Petrucci, SWV

above: Still from the restored HD version of "Sin in the Suburbs"

above: Still from the restored HD version of "Sin in the Suburbs"

Film Media Project (FMP) founder Michael Raso commented, 

“It is with great pleasure we announce this collaboration with Something Weird Video and confirm our mutual commitment to the preservation and restoration of outstanding independent cinema shot on film – and in particular, the films of Joe Sarno”

Following restoration and remastering to High Definition, the films will be released to Blu-Ray and HD Digital home entertainment as The Joseph Sarno Retrospect series, featuring liner notes by noted author and film critic, Tim Lucas. 

For additional information on the Tim Lucas visit http://videowatchdog.blogspot.com/

For additional information on Something Weird Video visit www.somethingweird.com